The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), Industrial Development Bureau, IDB, has announced in Q1 of 2020, nine new high-risk industrial entities have had their Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems, OSHMS, approved in compliance with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health System Framework, OSHAD-SF, which has brought the total number of high-risk industrial entities with approved OSHMS in Abu Dhabi to 467
The statistics were issued in a report, which covered the first three months of 2020, and revealed that 61 serious occupational incidents in the industrial sector were reported to the HSE Division during this period. The HSE Division also inspected 205 industrial entities during the period to assess their performance against occupational health, safety and environmental standards.
The report also highlighted that 127 technical documents were reviewed as part of IDB’s efforts to help support new investors obtain environmental permits, which are one of the main requirements when trying to obtain an industrial license.
IDB’s HSE Division conducts audits of industrial entities with approved OSHMS as part of its role in implementing the OSHAD-SF in the industrial sector.The Division also conducts routine and non-routine visits to check and verify the status of entities’ industrial licenses.
The HSE Division’s report also shows that 47 industrial entities conducted External OSHMS Audits of their approved OSHMS in Q1 of 2020.
There were also 137 cases of providing technical advice on the requirements for industrial licensing and occupational safety and health. Meanwhile, 204 emergency drill reports were set to be reviewed by IDB. The bureau also held a series of awareness seminars, including topics such as emergency response preparedness and preventive measures to avoid dangerous accidents resulting from the use of lifting equipment.
There has also been the development of a guide on business continuity plans which targets industrial facilities, and links with efforts being made by various government entities to curb the spread of COVID-19. This guide helps direct industrial facilities develop and implement business continuity plans designed to help minimise disruption and ensure the continuation of business during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Business Continuity Plan Guidelines includes key topics such as human resources management, operations, job tasks, supply chain procedures, customer service and internal and external communication which have been developed to minimize health risks to employees and workers of industrial facilities.
IDB’s HSE Division is also currently working on, a project to improve the industrial sector’s performance levels in terms of health and occupational safety, which aims to develop human capacity within the sector and raise their awareness of the environment, and health and safety, and as well as automating technical data and information through the adoption of an electronic system which is designed to maintain and update the occupational safety and health data from the industrial sector accurately and effectively.
The report also mentions the basic industries project, which plays a key role in achieving industrial security and identifying basic industries that can help in attaining self-sufficiency through studies and analysis of the current strategies in place for food, medicine and energy security.